» Egypt Reminds Us We Are Running Out Of Time – Not Oil
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This is a great article on Egypt, the world and the United States as things stand now. These are my thoughts exactly but the author expresses them much better than I can. If you will recall my first comment blog on this Egypt thing was that perhaps now our government would seriously decide that we the United States should at long last use our own resources and make ourselves oil, and all sources of energy, independent of the entire world. We have the enough oil to last at least two hundred years and enough coal and natural gas for that long and more before we find ourselves needing another energy source. In two hundred years surely we will have learned enough to harness the suns energy or some other as yet unknown source so I don’t think we need to hesitate to tap our own supplies. This has been my opinion since I became aware of our countries energy needs way back when in history—-remember I am an old broad :).
Of more importance even than the United States oil supply is the relationships that will be the outcome of this seismic shift in the Middle East. How far will it spread and what or whom will rise to the top of the heap. The entire world, at least the entire Western world has “dependent” ties to the Middle East. What will happen if the revolution spreads? What will happen if extreme Muslims rise to the top? What will happen to the European nations who are already having difficulty with their multi-cultural societies that shut Muslims out and have now created a Muslim nation within their nations? So many questions and no real answers; we just have to wait for developments.
And while we are waiting we have in the White House a fool who enjoys hearing himself make unfortunately asinine statements and speeches. BB
What is going to happen next in Egypt? According to Mubarak, “the result will be extremism and radical Islam.” Others aren’t so sure. What is certain is that the risk factor in the Middle East has risen again. That means the world’s oil supply is at risk as well. A wise country would do what it could to insulate its people from that risk. It is beyond a serious question as to whether the United States will.
Revolutions are not things of certainty. For instance, once underway, the ideals and prospects for the French Revolution once were touted by the likes of our own Jefferson and Madison. Washington, the soldier among the three, was far more circumspect. The freedom won by the likes of the Marquis Lafayette in the early days of the French Revolution was lost not long after in the ensuing chaos. Lafayette, the same man who helped win our Revolution, would eventually be jailed for years while many thousands died in The Terror before Napoleon dashed any hope for democracy. So much for the foresight of our 3rd and 4th Presidents – they fanned the early embers only to see those embers engulf a nation. (Perhaps a lesson for nations today: keep your mouths shut! No hope that Obama will listen or leanr. BB)
Our current President encouraged those taking part in the first Act of Egypt’s current drama. Given that it was the military of Egypt that removed an intransigent Mubarak and now run its streets, it can hardly be said that freedom has been assured. The difficult part lies ahead. The only certainty in front of us now is uncertainty. (I will say here that the Egyptians Army at least at the top is heavy with people who have studied and trained in the United States with several top generals being graduates of our military academies. As a result the Army has always had a rapport with our Army if not our government. Don’t know how this will help but it certainly can’t hurt. BB)
Returning to the French Revolution, its effects were hardly restricted to the French. International trade was affected and the rise of Napoleon brought serious concerns of war in the United States and actual wars to Europe. Egypt may play a similar role today.
Will Mubarak be right about the future of Egypt?
He points out that ‘We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that’s the fate of the Middle East.’” If Mubarak is right then Israel will be surrounded by sworn enemies on virtually every side. The risk to international trade in oil and beyond would be significant. Even if he is wrong, the trajectory of Israel’s enemies threatens our economic security.
Of course, the threat to the United States is self-imposed. Never has history recorded that a super power has elevated commerce to a level of dependence on those doing it harm. We indeed are the first such power that directly funds, in staggering amounts, those countries that harbor or fund our most principal enemies – and we have done so not for a moment in time but for years on end. History will hardly forgive such an error. (Even if the people of the Middle East generally like Americans and envy our way of life and freedoms they hate our government for what Washington has done to keep them under the yoke of dictators for decades. we the People allowed this to happen! While we were wallowing in our affluence we turned either a blind eye or no eye at on on Washington. It is just now that we are seeing how this neglect has almost lost us our liberties. Soon we will take notice of what our government has done to make America hated all over the world. Will We the People pay the price for this neglect? BB)
By failing to tap our own plentiful resources, that one policy decision has meant:
(1) that the price of oil is therefore artificially high,
(2) that we pay an inflated price for oil with dollars that fund terrorists,
(3) that we pay excessive foreign aid to buy “stability” among the troubled nations of the region,
(4) that we have higher defense budgets and more wars,
(5) that we have less jobs here at home,
(6) that we subsidize Americans who cannot afford the artificially high oil prices we helped create, and
(7) that we generally endure a self-imposed, lower standard of living. (This one may surprise some of you, but just give it some thought. All the jobs we would have for Americans if we tapped our own resources. How much money we would have in taxes with a booming economy and thus much in taxes as well as saved by not funding the tyrants and buying friendships. And, far fewer wars and “interests” to protect. Better lives for all including those who protect uour country! Our potential is to be the riches and most advanced country in the world just for changing our governments negative involvement in the world! BB)
It has been our national policy to do so much damage to ourselves as no civilizations before us has.
Now with the potential explosion of the Middle East staring us in the face, we face the potential of $5, $6 and $7 a gallon gasoline prices if not worse.
A wise country would plan ahead to avoid such danger. We would hire American workers, to tap American resources, to lower the price of oil, to reduce government subsidies to our citizens, to reduce the amount of money going to terrorists and the states that fund them, to lessen the need for foreign aid and to lower our defense budgets if not the need for war – all in the name of security and preserving our standard of living. So many benefits could flow from the reversal of one bad policy decision.
We would do all of that because if Jefferson and Madison could be wrong on France – I have no doubt that this Administration – which can hardly run this government – will be wrong in its estimates on how Egypt will fare.